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Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

Jerusalem – Israeli soldiers deny Palestinian civilians access to the al-Aqsa Mosque

 

Israeli forces continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

      

 

Israeli forces have continued to open fire at Palestinian civilians in the border areas.

2 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the east of Jabalia in the north of the Gaza Strip.

 

A Palestinian child was wounded in the centre of Hebron.

 

Israeli forces have continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank.

 

11 civilians were wounded during Bil'in and Kofur Qaddoum weekly protests.

Of the wounded were 2 photojournalists, including a Chinese and a Palestinian ones, and Israeli and Swiss activists.

Dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

 

Israeli forces conducted 62 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 2 limited ones in the Gaza Strip.

 

At least 45 Palestinian civilians, including 1 child, were arrested in the West Bank.

 

Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

At least 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were arrested at checkpoints in the West Bank.

 

Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

Settlers moved into many areas and performed their Talmudic rituals.

2 researchers from B'Tselem were attacked and their cameras were damaged in Hebron.

Settlers seized a house in the Old Town of Hebron.

 

 

Summary

 

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (19– 25 September 2013).

 

Shooting:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 14 civilians, including 4 children and 2 photojournalists; one of whom is Chinese and the other one is Palestinian, and two Israeli and a Swiss activists. 12 civilians were wounded in the West Bank; 11 of whom were wounded in peaceful protests while the 12th one was wounded in Hebron, and 2 others were wounded in the Gaza Strip.

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces continued the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank.  As a result, 11 civilians were wounded during 2 peaceful protests in Bil'in village, northwest of Ramallah, and Kofur Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqilia. Furthermore, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises. 6 civilians were wounded in Kofur Qaddoum protest and the 5 others were wounded in Bil'in protest.

 

On 22 September 2013, a Palestinian boy was wounded in Hebron when some boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance of al-Shuhada' Street, south of the Old Town of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, a 16-year-old civilian was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on Friday, 20 September 2013, 2 Palestinian boys were wounded when Israeli forces stationed along the border fence to the east of al-Shuhada' cemetery, east of Jabalia, opened fire at a group of young men, who were about 100 meters away from the fence.

  

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 62 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 45 Palestinians, including 1 child.

 

Following the killing of an Israeli soldier on 22 September 2013, Israeli forces carried out a series of collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians in the city. They deployed between houses in the centre of the Old Town and declared the area a closed military zone. They raided many houses in different neighbourhoods, including Abu Snaina, Jabal Jawhar, Qatyoun, Jaber neighbourhood, Tal'at Abu Hadeed, al-Karantina, the vicinity of the Ibrahimi mosque and the vicinity of Tareq Ben Ziad School. Israeli forces also searched the houses, and damaged their contents. They kept their occupants in a room and took others to the vicinity of the above-mentioned school. In the meantime, Israeli forces stationed atop of a number of houses and turned them into military sites. Moreover, they informed occupants of those houses of the decision to seize the houses for military reasons. Israeli forces closed all entrances leading to Hebron and erected checkpoints. They also completely closed the entrance of al-Harayeq road linking Hebron with its southern villages. Israeli forces detained dozens of Palestinian civilians around Tareq Ben Ziad School and released them later, excluding 7 ones who remained in custody.

 

In the Gaza Strip, on 24 September 2013, Israeli forces carried out 2 limited incursions. They moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Moreover, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the west of the border fence, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah. In both incursions, they levelled lands along the border fence and withdrew later.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tightened closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has steadily tightened since June 2007, has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 7 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in a grave violation of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 1.7 million people.  The Israeli authorities has established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy that has been aggravating for years due to the shortage of imports.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. 

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Thousands of Palestinian civilians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continue to be denied access to Jerusalem.

 

As part of using military checkpoints and border crossings as traps to arrest Palestinian civilians under the pretext they are wanted, Israeli forces arrested at least 6 civilians, including 3 children.

 

 

Settlement activities

 

Israel has continued its settlement activities in the oPt, a direct violation of international humanitarian law, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

 

On 20 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, about 300 settlers from "Efrat" settlement in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, moved into Suleiman Pools area between Artas and al-Khader villages. They performed their Talmudic rituals around the pools celebrating the Jewish holiday of "Sukkot".

 

On 21 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of settlers moved into Silet al-Daher village, south of Jenin, where "Homesh" settlement used to stand. Local sources stated to a PCHR fieldworker that dozens of settlers arrived at the area by buses with the company of Israeli forces. They performed Talmudic rituals and established tents. They withdrew later and no further incidents were reported. The settlers did the same approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, as well.

 

On 22 September 2013, 3 settlers coming from "Havat Ma'oun" settlement outpost, east of Yatta, damaged 2 olive trees belonging to Rab'i family in al-Hamra area, west of al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, in the south of Hebron.

 

On the same day, settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement in Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilia, moved into lands called al-Jorfah around the aforementioned settlement, north of the village. They damaged and destroyed about 30 fruitful olive trees and burnt a digger used to dig wells. They also stole the iron head of the digger belonging to Maher Mohammed Yamin

 

On the same day, a number of settlers coming from "Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron, seized a house belonging to al-Rajabi family in Wadi al-Husein area. Israeli settlers stationed in the building prevented them from entry. In the meantime, other settlers walked in the streets of al-Ja'bari neighbourhood and chanted racist slogans against Arabs.

 

On 23 September 2013, a number of settlers gathered in front of "Gosh Etzion" settlement complex, south of Bethlehem, and chanted slogans for revenge against Arabs.

 

On the same day, settlers from "Ma'ale Gilboa", "Joshua King" and "Merav" settlements that are established on lands of Jalaboun village, northeast of Jenin, stole the olives belonging to residents of Jalaboun village. On the following day (Tuesday, 24 September 2013) a number of settlers from the above-mentioned settlements were present on Palestinian farmlands and damaged a number of trees.

 

On Monday also, a number of settlers from settlements outposts in the Old Town of Hebron attacked Palestinian houses with stones and empty bottles in Qatyoun, Tal al-Rumaida, Jaber and Wad al-Hussein neighbourhoods while Israeli forces were watching.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers from "Ramat Yishai" that is established on lands of Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, south of Hebron, attacked the family of Emad Awni Abu Shamsiya (40) and 2 researchers from B'Tselem: Mousa Mahmoud Abu Hashash and Manal No'man al-Ja'bari. Israeli forces damaged cameras of the researchers while they were filming settler attacks on a group of international activists.

 

On the same day, a group of settlers raided a house belonging to the family of Ali Abu Rajab in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi mosque, in the centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They raised the Israeli flag in front of Israeli soldiers and prevented the house’s owner and his 7-member family from moving inside. At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces obliged the settlers to leave the house. As a result, the settlers established a tent in front of the house and raised the Israeli flag. Moreover, they fixed posters at the entrance of the house and fences of parks around the Ibrahimi Mosque and al-Fayha' School on the settlers' right to possess the house. In addition, they performed religious rituals there, while Israeli forces prevented the Palestinian family from leaving the house.

 

On 24 September 2013, dozens of settlers from "Adora" settlement, west of Hebron, organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". They made their way towards al-Nabi Saleh area, west of Ethna, and Ein Fer'a near Tafouh village, west of Hebron.

 

On the same day, dozens of settlers from settlements built on lands east of Yatta organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". They made their way around villages threatened to be confiscated in the southeast of Yatta, in al-Musafer area. They also went to al-Karmel, al-Baraka and Kherbet Sousia, where they performed their rituals and chanted slogans against Arabs.

 

Also on the same day, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of settlers moved into al-Hafira area between 'Arraba and Marka villages, southwest of Jenin. They performed religious rituals near and archaeological site and stayed there for some time, after which they withdrew.      

 

 

 

Israeli Violations Documented during the Reporting Period (12 – 18 September 2013)

 

1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Shyoukh village, east of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.   

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the camp. Israeli forces withdrew later.  Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the centre of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched 2 houses from which they arrested Yasser Zakari Abu Sabha (45) and Morad Ahmed Abu 'Elayan (19).

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses. They arrested Taher 'Ahed al-Khuzundar (17) from his family's house in al-Makhfiya neighbourhood, west of the city.

 

At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Samet village, southwest of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into Zaita village, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Shallala area in the centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They deployed between the stores. A number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, some boys suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces moved into Deir Razeh village, south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Friday, 20 September 2013

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in front of the village's mosque. They withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of al-Shuhada cemetery, east of Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of young men who were 100 meters away from the above-mentioned fence. The young men threw stones at Israeli soldiers who stepped out of their military jeeps. As a result, 2 Palestinians were wounded:

1. Jehad Rashed al-Haddad (18), from al-Tuffah neighbourhood in Gaza City. He sustained a bullet wound in the left leg; and

2. Kamal Na'im al-'Attar (18), from Jabalia. He sustained a bullet wound in the right leg.

The wounded were taken by an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society to Martyr Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia to receive the necessary medical treatment. Their wounds were described as moderate.

 

At approximately 19:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal al-Jaberiyat area that overlooks Jenin refugee camp. They stationed in the area for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.    

 

At approximately 20:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Moureq and al-Koum villages, south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.     

 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

 

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into al-'Ouja village, northeast of Jericho. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.   

 

In the early morning, Israeli forces moved into Beit Amin village, south of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and infantry units coming from "Shaarei Tikva" followed them. They surrounded houses belonging to the family of Abdullah Ahmed Omar at approximately 02:00.

 

At approximately 04:00, Israeli forces raided houses belonging to 6 brothers from the abovementioned family "Omar family". They used bombs to blow up the doors and searched the houses. They also damaged the contents of the houses and terrified their occupants. Israeli forces also imposed a curfew and closed all entrances leading to the village. They kept searching the houses until 16:00. They confiscated a Volkswagen vehicle belonging to one of the brothers and took the 6 brothers to an unknown destination. The arrested were:

1. Abdul Salam Abdullah Omar (45);

2. Ali Abdullah Omar (36);

3. Bassam Abdullah Omar (48);

4. Ezz al-Din Abdullah Omar (38);

5. Hamad Abdullah Omar (34); and

6. Mohammed Abdullah Omar (35).

 

The wife of Abdul Salam Omar, Helwa Mostafa Omar (36), said:

 

"At approximately 04:00 on Saturday, 21 September 2013, we woke up hearing bombs at home. Israeli soldiers blew up the doors of our houses. We were astonished, as hundreds of soldiers, the majority of whom were masked, raided our houses. They searched the houses using sniffer dogs and damaged the contents. Moreover, they arrested my husband and his 5 brothers. When we asked them about the reason of doing so and what was happening, they did not respond at all. Israeli forces stayed in the houses until 16:00. We were with our children trying to calm them down. Israeli forces confiscated my husband's vehicle that was in the yard. They withdrew after we heard the sound of a warplane."

     

Taqqi al-Din Omar, head of Beit Amin council, said to a PCHR fieldworker that the reason for Israeli forces moving into the village and raiding houses of Omar family was the news about killing an Israeli soldier from the reserve forces and finding him in a well in Beit Amin village. It was said the 6 brothers, who work in a restaurant in "Beit Yam" village, in Israel had brought the Israeli soldier and hid him in order to exchange him with their brother Nour al-Din, who has been detained for 30 years in an Israeli jail. Moreover, the brothers killed the soldier and threw his body in the well. According to what was said, they admitted killing the soldier after they were arrested and an Israeli warplane recovered the body.  

 

At approximately 09:30, Israeli forces moved into Kherbatha Bani Hareth, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Jaba' village, south of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and positioned themselves in the western side of the village. They also raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Aziz Anis Abbass (32). They arrested the aforementioned person and stationed at the centre of the village. Israeli forces raided Jaba' Taxi office and arrested its manager Nasim Suleiman 'Alawna (40). In the meantime, a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. As a result, some civilians suffered tear gas inhalation. Israeli forces withdrew later.

 

At approximately 01:55, Israeli forces moved into Saniria village, southeast of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Ezbet al-Tabib village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported. 

 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

 

At approximately 00:30, Israeli forces moved into Beitellu village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

                 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses from which they arrested 3 civilians:

1. 'Asem Abdul Razzaq al-Lefdawi (25), from Ras al-Ein neighbourhood, south of the city;

2. Ahmed Ali al-Saber (24), from the same neighbourhood; and

3. Fares Mahmoud Halawa (22), from al-Etihad area, north of the city.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Bir Zeit village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tal village, southwest of Nablus. They patrolled the streets and raided a number of houses. They also arrested Rami Mohammed 'Asida (22), a student at al-Najah National University, and Hamza So'oud Hamad (21). The Israeli soldiers confiscated 2 cell phones and 2 PC sets belonging to the aforementioned persons.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and station in Beit Za'ta neighbourhood, east of the village. They deployed between the houses and raided a house belonging to the family of Ahmed Hammad Abu Maria. They also kept his family in a room and arrested his son Mohammed (23).

 

At approximately 03:10, Israeli forces moved into Taqou' village, southeast of Bethlehem. They raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Oday Mahmoud Abu Mefreh (23). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 08:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Baq'a area, east of Hebron. They raided a 3-sotrey house belonging to Salem al-Salayma (56). They also kept him and his 17-member family in the first floor and turned the house into a military site. Israeli forces closed the dirt road leading to the house with barbed wires. It should be noted Israeli forces raid this house in this period each year under the pretext it overlooks "Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron, and bypass road (60), so they can secure the passage of settlers coming to Hebron to celebrate the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur".

 

At approximately 09:00, Israeli forces moved into Shweika suburb, north of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 09:15, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 10:15, Israeli forces moved into Beit Leed village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 12:30, Israeli forces moved into Ramin village, northeast of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 13:30, Israeli forces moved into Beit Amin and Saniria villages, south of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and took photos of an under-construction house in Saniria belonging to the family of Nidal Abdullah Omar, who is accused of killing an Israeli soldier.

 

At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces moved into Beit 'Our al-Tahta village, southwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ezbet al-Jarad area, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets, where some boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who in response fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:30, Israeli forces moved into Silet al-Harithiya village, north of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 14:40, Israeli forces moved into 'Anin village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Taiba village, west of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:40, Israeli forces moved into Salfit. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 17:25, Israeli forces moved into Farkha village, south of Salfit. They patrolled the streets and detained a number of civilians. Israeli soldiers questioned them on the spot and released them later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 18:00, some boys gathered and threw stones at Israeli soldiers station at the entrance of al-Shuhada' street in Qatyoun area, south of the Old Town of Hebron. The Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs, tear gas canisters and rubber-coated metal bullets in response. As a result, a 16-year-old civilian was wounded by a rubber-coated metal bullet in the right thigh. He was taken by an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society to Hebron Hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.

 

Around the same time, following the killing of an Israeli soldiers near the southern checkpoint on al-Shuhada' street in the southern area of the Old Town in Hebron, Israeli forces carried out a series of collective punishment measures against Palestinian civilians in the city.

 

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and statements of eyewitnesses, on Sunday evening, following the killing of an Israeli soldiers in Qatyoun area near the southern checkpoint on al-Shuhada' street in the southern area of the Old Town in Hebron, Israeli forces deployed between houses in the centre of the Old Town and declared the area a closed military zone. They raided many houses in different neighborhoods, including Abu Snaina, Jabal Jawhar, Qatyoun, Jaber neighbourhood, Tal'at Abu Hadeed, al-Karantina, the vicinity of the Ibrahimi mosque and the vicinity of Tareq Ben Ziad School. Israeli forces also searched the houses, and damaged their contents. They kept their occupants in a room and took others to the vicinity of the above-mentioned school. In the meantime, Israeli forces stationed atop of a number of houses and turned them into military sites. Moreover, they informed occupants of those houses of the decision to seize the houses for military reasons. Israeli forces closed all entrances leading to Hebron and erected checkpoints. They also completely closed the entrance of al-Harayeq road linking Hebron with its southern villages. Israeli forces detained dozens of Palestinian civilians around Tareq Ben Ziad school and released them later, but kept 7 of them:

 

1. Shaher al-Salayma (45);

2. Mo'tasem al-Salayma (18);

3. Majd al-Salayma (22);

4. Hazem al-Salayma (43);

5. Zaki al-Rajabi (30);

6. Osama Kayed Geith (30); and

7. Hazem al-Qadi (32).

 

Ali Abu Snaina said to a PCHR fieldworker:

"At approximately 18:30 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces were firing sound bombs and tear gas canisters at a number of boys, who threw stones at them in Qatyoun neighborhood that is about 70 meters away from my house. Following the news of killing an Israeli soldier, Israeli forces moved into the area and closed it completely. At approximately 01:00, over 13 soldiers raided my house and kept me and my 11-member family in a room. They searched the house brutally, broke the windows and damaged the couches. An hour later, they left the house. I looked out of the house and saw large numbers of soldiers raiding neighboring houses, arresting civilians and taking them towards Tareq Ben Ziad School."

 

The wife of Abdul Latif al-Karaki said to the PCHR fieldworker:

"At approximately 22:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, a number of Israeli soldiers raided our house that is located in Tal'at Abu Hadeed area in the centre of the Old Town. They kept my husband Abdul Latif al-Karaki (48), who is sick, and my sons outdoors. In the meantime, I heard my daughter-in-law Reem (19) screaming inside the house. I hurried up and found her lying on the ground. She told me that an Israeli soldier hit her in the belly although she is pregnant. In the meanwhile, my sons and Israeli soldiers, who went out of the house, clashed and my daughter-in-law was taken by an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society to Hebron Hospital. While going back home, a number of Israeli soldiers had stationed atop of a number of houses belonging to the families of Abu Hadeed and al-Fakhouri. Moreover, Israeli forces were arresting young men."

 

In the same context, Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Ra'ed Abu Rumaila (45), a volunteer in B'Tselem, in the southern area of the Ibrahimi mosque. They arrested his 2 sons: Tareq (12) and Mo'tasem (9) claiming that the boys were wanted.

Abu Rumaila stated to PCHR's fieldworker:

"I work as a volunteer in B'Tselem. I was filming in the area near Qatyoun neighborhood, where clashes erupted between Palestinian boys and Israeli soldiers. During these clashes, an Israeli soldier pushed me away from the place, as an Israeli soldier had fell onto the ground and I learnt later that he was killed. I then moved to Hebron Hospital, because I was hit by a stone in the right hand. In the evening, an Israeli police officer called me and informed me it was necessary to refer to 'Ja'bara' police station to hand my camera that I used in filming." I refused to go there alone because of the security situation in the area, during which, my father called and told me that Israeli forces had arrested my 2 sons: Tareq (12) and Mo'tasem (9). In addition, they informed my family that they arrested my 2 sons to force me to surrender to them. I contacted lawyers and B'Tselem, and in the morning I went with Manal al-Ja'bari, a researcher in B'Tselem, to the police station. I submitted a copy of the tape and I was released few hours later."      

 

 

Monday 23 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Kharsa village, south of Doura, southwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Moshir Mohammed al-Shahatit (27). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.  

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into al-Yamoun village, northwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Mash'hour Mohammed 'Abahra (32). They handed him a summon to refer to the Israeli intelligence service in Salem detention facility, northwest of the city. Israeli forces withdrew later and no arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched 5 houses from which they arrested 5 civilians:

1. Tareq 'Amer Barghouthi (20);

2. Ahmed Hassan Barghouthi (22);

3. Mohammed Abdul Hadi Barghouthi (20);

4. Jehad Mohammed Barghouthi (19); and

5. Abdullah Sedqi Barghouthi (25).

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Also around the same time, Israeli forces moved into 'Anabta village, east of Tulkarm. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched a number of houses from which they arrests 3 civilians, who were accused of possessing spare parts of vehicles stolen from Israel in their garages. The arrested were:

1. Shadi Mohammed Hardan (38);

2. Mahmoud Ahmed Shreim (38); and

3. Yehia Ibrahim Dawood (43).

        

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Sourif village, northwest of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the village. They raided a house belonging to the family of Shaher Jamil al-Heeh (38). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him towards the Israeli vehicles near another house. In the meantime, Israeli forces raided and searched a house belonging to the family of Anas Abdul Malek al-Hour (26). They arrested the aforementioned person also and took both of them to an unknown destination.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Beit Qadd village, east of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Mo'athe Saleh Hammad (25). They arrested the aforementioned person and took him to an unknown destination.

 

At approximately 10:40, Israeli forces moved into al-Bireh. They patrolled the streets and stationed near al-'Ein mosque. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked ID cards of passengers. At approximately 10:55, Israeli forces withdrew. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 19:20, Israeli forces moved into 'Azzoun village, east of Qalqilia. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into 'Aboud village, northwest of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched 4 houses from which they arrested 5 civilians, including twin brothers:

1. Mohammed Ahmed Shalatouh (25);

2. Dawood Mostafa Abu Hussein (24);

3. Suleiman Mostafa Abu Hussein (24);

4. Rami Essam Jaber (28); and

5. Motee' Tayseer Mohammed (23)

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and deployed between the houses. They withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:50, Israeli forces moved into Deir Estia village, north of Salfit. They patrolled the streets and raided and searched 2 houses. At approximately 04:00, they arrested Osama Abdul Karim Mansour (27) and Montaser Qasim Mansour (23).

 

At approximately 06:00, Israeli forces moved about 200 meters into the east of al-Qarara village, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip. They levelled lands and moved northwards along the border fence an hour later.

 

At approximately 07:00, Israeli forces backed with 6 bulldozers moved about 200 meters into the west of the border fence, east of al-Salqa valley, east of Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip.  They moved northwards until they reached the east of al-Bureij. They levelle lands along the border fence and withdrew 5 hours later.

 

At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces moved into Doura al-Qare' village, northeast of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 15:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal Jawhar neighbourhood, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters randomly. As a result, a number of by-passers suffered tear gas inhalation.

 

At approximately 18:00, Israeli forces moved into Bab al-Zawiya area, in the centre of Hebron. They deployed between the stores, where a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers, who fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters in response. Israeli forces withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 22:30, Israeli forces moved into Senjal village, north of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets in a provocative way and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 23:00, Israeli forces moved into Tafouh village, west of Hebron. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.     

 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

 

At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin. They patrolled the streets for some time and withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into many neighbourhoods in the centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They searched houses using sniffer dogs in Qatyoun neighbourhood, Tal'at Abu Hadeed and al-Sahlah area, south of the Old Town. Israeli soldiers damaged doors and contents of houses. They kept their occupants outdoors for hours. Of the attacked houses, houses belonging to Hosni Abu Hadeed, Farid Abu Hadeed, Abdul Hamid Abu Hadeed, Tareq Abu Shamsiya, Sa'id Sa'di al-Karaki, Belal Sa'di al-Karaki and Mohammed Khaled Abu Shamsiya. Israeli forces withdrew later. No arrests were reported.

 

Around the same time, Israeli infantry units raided a house belonging to the family of Hamed Abu Khalaf (66), from Souq al-Laban neighbourhood, in the centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They searched the house and damaged its content and doors. They also handed Hamed a summon to refer to Israeli intelligence service in "Gosh Etzion" settlement, south of Bethlehem.

 

At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Wad al-Hariya area, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed near al-'Ajlouni intersection. They deployed between the houses and searched the area using sniffer dogs. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported.

 

At approximately 02:45, Israeli forces moved into Safa village, west of Ramallah. They patrolled the streets and raided a house belonging to the family of Rashad Mohammed Nasser (49). An Israeli officer questioned the occupants about their son Marcel Nasser (21), who is wanted to the Israeli Intelligence Service (Shabak). The officer handed Rashad a summon for his son to refer to the Israeli intelligence service on Sunday 29 September 2013 at Ofer detention facility, southwest of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabal Jawhar area, south of Hebron. They patrolled the streets and stationed in the centre of the neighbourhood. They deployed between the houses and searched the area using sniffer dogs. Israeli forces withdrew later. Neither house raids nor arrests were reported. It should be noted Israeli forces moved into this area on Sunday, 22 September 2013, and searched houses. They damaged the contents of the houses and destroyed their doors with special tools.  

 

 

2. Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

During the reporting period, Israeli soldiers used excessive force against peaceful demonstrations organised by Palestinian civilians, international and Israeli human rights defenders in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, 11 civilians were wounded in protests of Bil'in, northwest of Ramallah, and Kofur Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilia. Moreover, 6 others, including a child and, Israeli activist and a Chinese photojournalist, in Kofur Qaddoum protest, were wounded, while the 6 others, including 2 children, a Swiss activist and a photojournalist of the popular committee against the annexation wall and settlement activities in Bil'in, were wounded in Bil'in protest.

 

(PCHR keep the names of the Palestinian wounded persons and apologizes for not publishing the names fearing for Israeli forces would arrest them in the context of their policy to repress peaceful protests).

 

Demonstrations against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activity

 

At approximately 12:30, on Friday, 20 September 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians from Kofur Qaddoum, northeast of Qalqilia, and international activists gathered and made their way through the eastern entrance of the village in protest at closing that entrance with an iron gate since al-Aqsa Intifada. Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters indiscriminately. As a result, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and 6 others, including a child, an Israeli activist and a Chinese photojournalist, sustained wounds as they were directly hit with gas canisters. The Israeli activist Shaul (30) was hit by a tear gas canister to the right shoulder, correspondent of the Chinese News Agency Sam (35) was hit by a tear gas canister to the left leg and Ayman Edris (25), a photojournalist at Ramsat company, was hit by a tear gas canister to the chest. Moreover, a 15-year-old child was hit by a tear gas canister to the right shoulder, a 36-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister to the left shoulder and a 22-year-old civilian was hit by a gas canister to the right leg.

(PCHR keeps the names of the wounded Palestinians).    

 

Following the Friday prayer, 20 September 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Bil'in village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators raised the Palestinian flag and made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, and chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, 5 protestors, including 2 children, a Swiss activist and a photojournalist of the popular committee against the annexation wall and settlement activities in Bil'in, sustained wounds.  In addition, dozens suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises. A Swiss activist, Sarah John (30) was hit by a gas canister to the left leg, Hamza Suleiman Bernat (20), a photojournalist of the popular committee, was hit by a gas canister to the back, an 18-year-old civilians was hit by a gas canister to the back of his head, a 15-year-old boy was hit a gas canister to the left hand and a 17-year-old boy was wounded by a live bullet to the left thigh.

 

Also, following the Friday Prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians and international and Israeli human rights defenders organised a peaceful demonstration in Ni'lin village, west of Ramallah, in protest at the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The demonstrators made their way towards the annexation wall. Israeli forces closed the wall gate with barbwire and, when the demonstrators attempted to access the lands behind the barbwire, they were stopped by Israeli soldiers. The demonstrators threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who responded with live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, and chased them across olive fields as far as the outskirts of the village. As a result, dozens of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Around the same time on Friday, dozens of Palestinian civilians, Israeli and international human rights activists gathered at the Martyrs Square in al-Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah, to hold a weekly peaceful protest against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The protesters walked towards Palestinian lands that Israeli settlers from the nearby "Halmish" settlement are trying to seize.  From the morning, Israeli forces had closed all entrances to the village to prevent Palestinians, international activists, and journalists from joining the demonstration.  Upon their arrival in the area, Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets, sound bombs, and tear gas canisters, chased the demonstrators into the village and sprayed them and civilian houses with waste water. As a result, dozens of Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

 

Also following the Friday prayer, dozens of Palestinian civilians, international activists and popular resistance activists gathered in al-Ma'sara village, south of Bethlehem, to hold a weekly peaceful protest called "The 31st anniversary of Sabra and Shatila massacre"  against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities. The protestors made their way from al-Shomo' Cultural Centre, in the centre of the village raising the Palestinian flag. Upon their arrival near the annexation wall, Israeli soldiers fired sound bombs and tear gas canisters to disperse them. As a result, dozens of protestors suffered tear gas inhalation. However, no casualties were reported.

 

 

3. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel has continued to impose a tightened closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tightens the closure of the Gaza Strip and closes all commercial crossings , making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

 

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

The total closure of al-Mentar ("Karni") crossing since 02 March 2011 has seriously affected the economy of the Gaza Strip. Following this closure, all economic and commercial establishments in the Gaza Commercial Zone were shut off. It should be noted that al-Mentar crossing is the biggest crossing in the Gaza Strip, in terms of its capacity to absorb the flow of imports and exports. The decision to close al-Mentar crossing was the culmination of a series of decisions resulting in the complete closure of the Sofa crossing, east of the Gaza Strip in the beginning of 2009, and the Nahal Oz crossing, east of Gaza City, which was dedicated for the delivery of fuel and cooking gas to the Gaza Strip, in the beginning of 2010.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

The cooking gas crisis has ranged between the ebb and flow for 3 months due to the closure of Karm Abu Salem for security reasons.  According to PCHR’s follow-up, Israeli authorities only allow around 98 tonnes of cooking gas into Gaza per day.  This limited quantity is less than half of the daily needs, which is 200 tonnes per day, of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip during the winter.

 

For almost 6 consecutive years, Israeli forces have continued to prevent the delivery of construction materials to the Gaza Strip. During the reporting period, Israeli forces approved the delivery of limited quantities of construction materials for a number of international organisations in the Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces also continued to impose almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel denied permission to access hospitals via the crossing for new categories of patients from the Gaza Strip.

 

For around a year and a half, Israeli forces have allowed Palestinian detainees’ families to visit their sons in the Israeli jails according to special and unfair conditions after more than 5 years of deprivation in violation of international humanitarian law.

 

The Egyptian authorities allow the population of the Gaza Strip to travel via Rafah International crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip with the outside world.  Only limited and specified categories are allowed, including patients, students, persons that hold residencies in Egypt or abroad, men over 40 years, females in all ages, children under 18, persons who hold Arab and foreign nationalities, and members of Arab and international humanitarian delegations.  It should be mentioned that the crossing opens seven days a week.  Nowadays, the crossing is overcrowded due to the prolonged procedures from the Egyptian side, particularly after closing it for several days over the past weeks due to Egypt’s security conditions, which has affected the travellers’ movement in both directions.

 

Movement at Rafah International Crossing Point

18 – 24 September 2013

 

Egyptian authorities re-opened Rafah International Crossing Point for humanitarian cases, especially patients and university students on Wednesday and Thursday, 18 and 10 September 2013. The crossing was completely closed for a week following the Egyptian army’s operation in the Egyptian side of Rafah.

 

 

Day

Date

Travelling abroad

Coming into Gaza

Returning to Gaza

Wednesday

18 September 2013

334

490

7

Thursday

19 September 2013

558

297

20

Friday

20 September 2013

Closed

-

-

Saturday

21 September 2013

Closed

-

-

Sunday

22 September 2013

Closed

-

-

Monday

23 September 2013

Closed

-

-

Tuesday

24 September 2013

Closed

-

-

 

Movement at Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing

16 – 22 September 2013

 

Date

Imports

Category

Amount

Tons

Number

Litres

16 September 2013

Foodstuffs

899

 

 

Agricultural materials

1984

 

 

Various goods

Refrigerators

Cartons of clothes

Washing machines

Gypsum boards 

Cows

Cartons of shoes

Elevator machines

Cars

1332

 

 

170

300

71

1050

389

1039

156

35

 

Humanitarian aid

 

 

 

Cooking gas

171.230

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

73,000

 

Diesel

 

 

         114,000

17 September 2013

Foodstuffs

1,203

 

 

Agricultural materials

2,800

 

 

Various goods

 

Cartons of clothes

Containers

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Glass board

Gypsum boards 

Cars

Car tires

Cows

Generators

Gas ovens

1,407

 

771

36

242

486

520

1050

32

335

730

35

364

 

 

 

 

 

Humanitarian aid

5,655

 

 

Cooking gas

193.230

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

178,001

 

Diesel

 

 

146,234

22 September 2013

Foodstuffs

1362

 

 

Agricultural materials

2221

 

 

Various goods

Cartons of clothes

Refrigerators

Cartons of shoes

Cows

Washing machines

Solar heating tanks

 

972

 

1,051

186

2389

702

88

90

 

Humanitarian aid

3490

 

 

Cooking gas

192.430

 

 

 

Benzene

 

 

111,017

 

Diesel

 

 

35,000

 

Exports via Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing

 

· On Monday, 16 September, 2013, Israeli forces allowed the export of a truckload of 90 kilos of mints, 360 kilos of basil, and 324 kilos of onions.

 

 

Other Imports:

 

 

On Monday, 16 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 980 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector; 288 tonnes of cement, 69 tonnes of iron and 1,750 tonnes of construction aggregates and for UNRWA.  They allowed the entry of 104 tonnes of cement and 700 tonnes of construction aggregates for UNDP; 103 tonnes of cement for the Turkish Hospital and 1,330 of construction aggregates for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 897 tonnes of fodder and 897 tonnes of wheat.

On Tuesday, 17 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 910 tonnes of construction aggregates for the private sector, 280 tonnes of cement; 1,260 tonnes of construction aggregates; 50 tonnes of iron; 38 tonnes of white cement for UNRWA, 80 tonnes of cement and 1400 tonnes of construction aggregates for UNDP, 40 tonnes of cement for the Turkish Hospital, 420 tonnes of construction cement and 260 tonnes of cement for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 741 tonnes of fodder and 1599 tonnes of wheat.

On Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed the entry of 306 tonnes of cement; 1750 tonnes of construction aggregates and 64 tonnes of iron for UNRWA, 1680 tonnes of construction aggregates; 333 tonnes of iron and 714 tonnes of cement for the private sector, and 1120 tonnes of construction cement for the Palestinian Water Authority. They also allowed the entry of 858 of fodder and 936 tonnes of wheat.

 

Empty Plastic Containers Returned to Israel via Karm Abu Salem

 

 

 

On Monday, 16 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Tuesday, 17 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed 6 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

On Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces allowed 11 truckloads of empty plastic containers to be returned via Karm Abu Salem.

 

NOTE: On Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 September 2013 respectively, Israeli forces closed the above-mentioned crossing because of the Jewish holidays.

 

Beit Hanoun ("Erez") crossing, in the north of the Gaza Strip, is dedicated for the movement of individuals, and links the Gaza Strip with the West Bank.

 

Movement at Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing

18 – 23 September 2013

 

Category

19 September

19 September

20 September

21 September

22 September

23 September

Patients

31

-

        2

-

50

51

Companions

28

-

2

-

47

48

Personal needs

8

-

11

-

36

65

Families of prisoners

-

-

-

-

-

-

Arabs from Israel

-

-

3

-

28

2

Diplomats

-

-

-

-

1

2

International journalists

-

        -

       -

-

-

-

International workers

-

-

-

-

8

29

Deceased

-

-

-

-

1

2

Travellers abroad

-

-

-

-

-

8

Businesspeople

2

-

-

-

119

93

Business meetings

-

-

-

-

-

-

Security interviews

-

-

-

-

-

1

VIPs

-

-

-

-

-

-

Ambulances to Israel

7

-

-

-

2

1

Ambulances from Israel

2

-

-

-

2

-

 

NOTE:  On Thursday, 19 September 2013, the crossing was completely closed because of Jewish holidays.

 

Israel has imposed a tightened closure on the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces imposed additional restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians:

 

Ramallah: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.

 

At approximately 9:30 on Friday, 29 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and checked passengers’ ID cards, and detained a number of Palestinian civilians. Later on, the checkpoint was removed, and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30 on the same day, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint, near the intersection of “Ofra” Settlement, north of Ramallah. At approximately 20:20, Israeli forces re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint, at the northern entrance of Birzeit village, north of Ramallah.

 

At approximately 22:30 on the same day, Israeli forces established a sudden checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Badras village, west of Ramallah.  They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and checked passengers’ ID cards. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30, on Saturday, 21 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint under the bridge of Ein Yabroud village, northeast of Ramallah, and prevented civilians from passing through the mentioned checkpoint. Later on, the checkpoint was removed, and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 21:30 on the same day, Israeli forces re-established their presence at ‘Attara checkpoint at the northern entrance of Birzeit, north of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and checked passengers’ ID cards. Later on, Israeli forces withdrew and no detention incidents were reported. It is noted that the above-mentioned checkpoint, linking the northern West Bank with its central and southern areas, was evacuated by Israeli forces for more than a year. Yet, they kept the construction (concrete cubes and a military tower) in the area. It is also noted that Israeli forces consequently re-establish their presence in the area from time to time.

 

At approximately 18:00, on Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Beit ‘Our Al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah. They prevented Palestinian civilians from passing through the above-mentioned checkpoint. Later on, they withdrew and no detention incidents were reported. It is noted that they caused traffic jam in the area.

 

At approximately 19:30, on Monday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces established a military checkpoint at the main entrance of Beit Loqia town, south west of Ramallah. They searched Palestinian civilian vehicles travelling to and from the town and checked passengers’ ID cards. They also detained a number of Palestinian civilians and caused traffic jam. Later on, Israeli forces withdrew and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 20:30, on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Beith ‘Our al-Fouqa village, southwest of Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles, checked passengers’ ID cards, and detained a number of civilians. Later on, the checkpoint was removed, and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Early in the morning on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israeli forces blocked, with cement cubes, the main road leading to Jalzoun refugee camp, adjacent to Beit Ail settlement, linking Ramallah with Bira, north-eastern villages, and Northern provinces. At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces established a sudden checkpoint under the bridge of Kharbatha Mesbah village, southwest of Ramallah. At approximately 21:30, Israeli forces established a checkpoint near the intersection of “Ofra” settlement, north of Ramallah. Later on, both checkpoints were removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Hebron: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.  At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron. At approximately 19:30, they established a temporary checkpoint at the southern entrance of Halhoul town, north of Hebron. At approximately 20:00, they closed the entrance of Harayeq road, linking Hebron with its southern villages, by an iron gate, and prevented Palestinian civilians from reaching it. At approximately 21:00, they established a temporary military checkpoint at the entrance of Sanger road, linking Dora city with Hebron. At approximately 22:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Jalajel village, east of Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles, which resulted in a traffic jam in the above mentioned road. Later on, the checkpoints were removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Monday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Ainoun village, northeast of Hebron. At approximately 07:30, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Aroub refugee camp, north of the city. In the meanwhile, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the northern entrance of Hebron, the entrance of Beit Amr town, and the entrance of Sa’ir town, north of the city. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. Later on, the checkpoints were removed and no detention incidents were reported. At approximately 13:00, Israeli forces closed the area of Bab Al-Zawia and Beersheba road, in the centre of Hebron, and prevented civilians from opening their shops, under the pretext of allowing settlers to reach the Tomb of Hebron in order to perform their religious rituals during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

 

At approximately 9:00 on Wednesday, 25 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the road linking Dora town with its southern villages, southwest of Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 20:00, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported. At approximately 15:30, they established two checkpoint; one of them at the entrance of Tarama village, southeast of Dora city, and the other in Hebron, linking with bypass road (60). At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Sa’ir village, east of Hebron. At approximately 17:00, they established two checkpoint; one of them at the entrance of ‘Aroub refugee camp, linking with bypass (60), north of Hebron, and the other at the entrance of Fawwar refugee camp, linking with bypass (60), south of Hebron. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported. Moreover, Israeli forces tightened their security measures at Abu Al-Rish checkpoint, Rajabi checkpoint, Container checkpoint (56), and at the checkpoint established at the entrance of Turbet Al-Yahoud area in the neighbours of the Old City, in central Hebron, and impeded the movement.

 

Jenin: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints, in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.


At approximately 11:30 on Saturday, 22 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Arana village, north of Jenin. At approximately 17:00, they established a similar checkpoint at the entrance of Yamoun town, northwest of Jenin. They stopped and searched civilian vehicles travelling in both directions.  Later on, both checkpoints were removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Monday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the road linking Yamoun town with Taa’nak village, northwest of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles travelling in both directions. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on the road intersection of Zabouba and Rummana villages, northwest of Jenin. They stopped and searched Palestinian vehicles travelling in both directions. Later on, both checkpoints were removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Tulkarm:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.

 

At approximately 10:30 on Monday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces, stationed at Innab checkpoint, established on the main road linking Tulkarm with Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened their arbitrary procedures on Palestinian civilians and impeded traveling through the checkpoint. Israeli forces that stationed behind the cement cubes erected at the checkpoint area stopped and searched Palestinians civilian vehicles travelling to and from Tulkarem. Later on, restrictions were eased and no detention incidents were reported. At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint where the previous one was removed, on the main road linking Tulkarm with Qalqilya, near the entrance of Jabara village, southern Tulkarm. They selectively stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported. It is noted that during the current Intifada, there was a permanent checkpoint equipped with a watchtower erected where the current one is established, and was removed in a “goodwill initiative” toward the Palestinian Authority. Yet, since the permanent checkpoint was removed, Israeli forces have tended to erect temporary checkpoints on an almost daily basis.

 

At approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israeli forces stationed at Innab checkpoint, established on the main road linking Tulkarm with Nablus, east of Tulkarm, tightened their arbitrary measures against Palestinian civilians, and impeded their movement. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles travelling to and from Tulkarm. Later on, restriction was eased and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Salfit:  Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.


 At approximately 00:20 on Friday, 20 September 2013, Israeli forces established a sudden checkpoint between Zawia town and Rafat village, west of Salfit. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles and checked passengers’ ID cards. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israeli forces established a sudden checkpoint at the northern entrance of Salfit. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles. At approximately 13:30, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Jericho: Israeli forces have continued to impose severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians, especially at the military checkpoints in the city and around it, in addition to some roads.

 

At approximately 11:00 on Monday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint on Mu’arajat road, linking Jericho with Ramallah. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles, checked passengers’ ID cards, and detained a number of civilians. At approximately 20:30, Israeli forces established a temporary checkpoint near the entrance of ‘Oja village, northeast of Jericho. They stopped and searched Palestinian civilian vehicles, checked passengers’ ID cards, and detained a number of civilians. Later on, the checkpoint was removed and no detention incidents were reported.

 

Arrests at military checkpoints :

During the reporting period, Israeli forces detained at least six Palestinian civilians, including three children.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, Israel forces in the vicinity of the annexation wall established on the territories of Badrs village, west of Ramallah, arrested three Palestinian children and took them to an unknown area. Detainees are: Hazem Mahmoud Ahmed Awad, 14; Mo’az Omar Mostafa Awad, 16; and Salama Mansour Ahmed Abdelkarim, 17.

 

At approximately 23:30 on Wednesday 26 September 2013, Israeli forces erected a temporary checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Fajjar village, southeast of Bethlehem. They stopped Palestinian vehicles and checked ID cards of passengers. In addition, they arrested 3 young men from the village and took them to an unknown destination. The arrested were:

1. Anas Qasem Thawabtah (23);

2. Mohammed Mahmoud Thawbtah (32); and

3. Alaa' Mohammed Taqatqa (21).

 

 

5. Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

 

 

At approximately 08:30 on Friday, 20 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, about 300 settlers from "Efrat" settlement in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, moved into Suleiman Pools area between Artas and al-Khader villages. Their performed their Talmudic rituals around the pools celebrating the Jewish holiday of "Sukkot". Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the popular committee against settlement activities, said to a PCHR fieldworker that the settlers arrived from the early morning and started gathering in the outskirts of the area. They moved into the area when Israeli forces arrived to protect them. They established tents and prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their lands.

 

At approximately 16:00 on Saturday, 21 September 2013, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of settlers moved into Silet al-Daher village, south of Jenin, where "Homesh" settlement used to be. Local sources stated to a PCHR fieldworker that dozens of settlers arrived at the area by buses with the company of Israeli forces. They performed Talmudic rituals and established tents. They withdrew later and no further incidents were reported. It should be noted since the above-mentioned settlement was removed in September 2005, settlers return to the settlement to perform their rituals under the protection of Israeli forces. The same incident took place at approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, as well.

 

At approximately 07:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, 3 settlers coming from "Havat Ma'oun" settlement outpost, east of Yatta, damaged 2 olive trees belonging to Rab'i family in al-Hamra area, west of al-Tawani village, east of Yatta, in the south of Hebron.

 

Mos'ab Rab'i said to a PCHR fieldworker that in the early morning, while 2 Italian activists were in al-Hamra area helping school students to reach their school in al-Tawani village, 3 settlers from "Havat Ma'oun" settlement outpost used saws to damage 2 olive trees belonging to Rab'i family. They also verbally insulted the school students and the activists and confiscated a plastic basin used to water sheep.

 

At approximately 20:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, settlers from "Havat Gilad" settlement in Jeet village, northeast of Qalqilia, moved into lands called al-Jorfah around the aforementioned settlement, north of the village. They damaged and destroyed about 30 fruitful olive trees and burnt a digger used to dig wells. They also stole the iron head of the digger belonging to Maher Mohammed Yamin (the iron head costs about NIS 3,000).

Rashid Abdullah Yamin, nephew of the land owner, said to PCHR's fieldworker:

 

"At approximately 19:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, we went home from our land called al-Jorfah, north of our village. I was with my uncle and the workers, as we irrigated the new plants that we planted recently. At approximately 07:30 on Monday, 23 September 2013, the workers went to the land to do their work, but they were surprised the land was damaged and the plants (30 plants) were cut; each tree costs NIS 70. Moreover, the digger that is used for digging artesian wells was completely damaged and its iron head, which costs NIS 3,000, was stolen. We realized the settlers had done that, because the villagers cannot access that area without security coordination. We witnessed many clashes with settlers in that area and we were told by our land's neighbours that at approximately 20:00, on Sunday, and after we went home, they saw fire in the area, but they thought it was the lights of our vehicles and that we were still there. We knew about it in the morning and we were sure it was the settlers who did so."    

 

At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 22 September 2013, a number of settlers coming from "Kiryat Arba" settlement, east of Hebron, seized a house belonging to al-Rajabi family in Wadi al-Husein area. Israeli settlers stationed in the building prevented them from entry. In the meantime, other settlers walked in the streets of al-Ja'bari neighbourhood and chanted racist slogans against Arabs.

 

At approximately 09:00 on Monday, 23 September 2013, a number of settlers gathered in front of "Gosh Etzion" settlement complex, south of Bethlehem, and chanted slogans for revenge against Arabs.

 

On Monday morning, 23 September 2013, settlers from "Ma'ale Gilboa", "Joshua King" and "Merav" settlements that are established on lands of Jalaboun village, northeast of Jenin, stole the olives belonging to residents of Jalaboun village. On the following day (Tuesday, 24 September 2013) a number of settlers from the above-mentioned settlements were present on Palestinian farmlands and damaged a number of trees.  It should be noted the annexation wall separated 2,900 dunums of the village, while another 400 dunums were destroyed for the purpose of constructing the wall, as the wall surrounds the village from three sides. The Israeli authorities do not give Palestinian civilians and farmers permits to access their lands unless during the olive harvest season. They give permits to 22 Palestinians only and for 50 days. The farmlands are left with no care for the rest of the year.

 

At approximately 02:00 on Monday, 23 September 2013, a number of settlers from settlements outposts in the Old Town of Hebron attacked Palestinian houses with stones and empty bottles in Qatyoun neighbourhood, Tal al-Rumaida, Jaber neighbourhood and Wad al-Hussein neighbourhood while Israeli forces were watching.

 

At approximately 16:00, on the same day, a group of settlers from "Ramat Yishai" settlement outpost that is established on lands of Tal al-Rumaida neighbourhood, south of Hebron, attacked the family of Emad Awni Abu Shamsiya (40) and 2 researchers from B'Tselem: Mousa Mahmoud Abu Hashash and Manal No'man al-Ja'bari. Israeli forces damaged cameras of the researchers while they were filming settler attacks on a group of international activists.

Awni Abu Shamsiy (14) said to a PCHR fieldworker:

"I live with my 7-member family in our house that is located in Tal al-Rumaida, south of Hebron. Our house is surrounded by military checkpoints. Israeli forces also established a surveillance site over our house 10 years ago. We are always attacked by Israeli forces and settlers, especially during Jewish holidays, when settlers visit the area. At approximately 15:30 on Monday, 23 September 2013, I was standing in the main street around our house. I saw a group of settlers atop out house and there were a group of international activists trying to film what had happened. The settlers attacked the activists and tried to prevent them from filming. I went home and ran upstairs. Some Israeli soldiers followed me to the roof and got the settlers away from the house. In the meantime, Manal al-Ja'bari, a researched in B'Tselem, was filming what was happening in the streets few meters away from the house, as settlers started leaving our house. At the same time, a settler who is known to us, named Baruch Barzel, arrived with his wife and 2 sons. He is tall with brown beard. He headed towards Manal and pushed her onto the ground. When she tried to get up, another settler in brown clothes pushed her to the vehicle that was driven by Barzel and dropped the camera. In the meanwhile, a settler tried to attack my mother, Fayza Ayoub Abu Shamsiya, because she tried to film the attack. I hurried to get the settler away from her, but 2 settlers aged 16-17 approached. One of them hit me with his leg in the belly, so I fell onto the ground.  They attacked me severely. A third settler was screaming ' Come on, die'. A few minutes later, Israeli forces arrived and got the settlers away from me. I stood up, but I was surprised to see 5 settlers attacking me again. I fell onto the ground and they kept kicking me throughout my body. I fainted out of the severe pain. After some time, I woke up and found Israeli soldiers offering me first aid and mouth-to-mouth insufflations. They took me on a litter to a military medical vehicle. I was taken to checkpoint (160) in al-Rajbi area. The soldiers insulted me while I was in the ambulance. At the checkpoint, I was taken to an ambulance of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, which took me to Hebron Hospital. I received the necessary treatment. My father came to the hospital and I was discharged 3 hours later."        

 

Mousa Abu Hashhash, a researcher in B'Tselem, added that the settlers had attacked him and damaged his camera similar to what had happened with his colleague Manal. Manal was pushed to the ground several times and her camera was damaged. All this happened in front of Israeli soldiers, who did nothing until some officers from the Israeli "Civil Administration" arrived."

 

At approximately 23:00 on Monday 2013, a group of settlers raided a house belonging to the family of Ali Abu Rajab in the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the centre of the Old Town of Hebron. They raised the Israeli flag in front of Israeli soldiers and prevented the house owner and his 7-member family from moving inside. At approximately 02:00 on Tuesday, 23 September 2013, Israeli forces obliged the settlers to leave the house. As a result, the settlers established a tent in front of the house and raised the Israeli flag. Moreover, they fixed posters at the entrance of the house and fences of parks around the Ibrahimi mosque and al-Fayha' school on the settlers' right to possess the house. In addition, they performed religious rituals there, while Israeli forces prevented the Palestinian family from leaving the house.

 

It should be noted the above-mentioned settlers had seized the house on 23 March 2012 under the pretext of buying it from its owners. They destroyed the doors in the early morning and stayed inside. On 04 April 2012, the Israeli authorities decided to evacuate the settlers from the house. Israeli forces got them out of the house and declared the area a closed military zone. As a result, the settlers established tents in front of the house while the Israeli police and soldiers were watching. The abovementioned house consists of 3 floors. The first one is comprised of stores, while the 2 others are apartments. It was built in the early 1980's on an area of 150 square meters. Ali Abu Rajab lives in part of the house and the other part is considered disused.  In addition, there is a piece of land attached to the house and planted with olive trees.

 

At approximately 10:00 on Tuesday, 24 September 2013, dozens of settlers from "Adora" settlement, west of Hebron, organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". They made their way towards al-Nabi Saleh area, west of Ethna, and Ein Fer'a near Tafouh village, west of Hebron. They raised slogans and banners on which they wrote "Death to Arabs". Furthermore, they performed religious rituals paving the way to seize the Shrine of al-Nabi Saleh. It should be noted the Shrine of al-Nabi Saleh, west of Ethna, is an Islamic site that was rehabilitated more than once by the area residents.

 

At approximately 14:00, dozens of settlers from settlements built on lands east of Yatta organized a march marking the Jewish holiday of "Yom Kippur". They made their way around villages threatened to be confiscated in the southeast of Yatta, in al-Musafer area. They also went to al-Karmel, al-Baraka and Kherbet Sousia, where they performed their rituals and chanted slogans against Arabs.

 

On Tuesday evening, under the protection of Israeli forces, a group of settlers moved into al-Hafira area between 'Arraba and Marka villages, southwest of Jenin. They performed religious rituals near and archaeological site and stayed there for some time, after which they withdrew. It should be noted settlers move into this area occasionally during Jewish holidays.       

 

 

  

 

 

 

Recommendations to the International Community

 

 

PCHR emphasizes the international community’s position that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is still under the Israeli occupation, in spite of the Israeli military redeployment outside the Gaza Strip in 2005. PCHR further confirms that Israeli force have continued to impose collective punishment measures on the Gaza Strip, which have escalated since the 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections, in which Hamas won the majority of seats of the Palestinian Legislative Council. PCHR stresses that there is an international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and the international humanitarian law, especially the Hague Regulations concerning the Laws and Customs of War on Land and the Geneva Conventions. Israel is bound to apply the international human rights law and the law of war sometime reciprocally and other times in parallel in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for victims.

 

In light of continued arbitrary measures, land confiscation and settlement activities in the West Bank, and the continued aggression against civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially the latest offensive that lasted for 8 days in November, PCHR calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Convention and the European Union – in the context of their natural obligation to respect and enforce the international law – to cooperate and act according to the following recommendations:

 

1. PCHR calls upon the international community and the United Nations to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine;

2. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the oPt, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the oPt, especially the Gaza Strip;

3. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the oPt;

4. PCHR calls upon the Parties to international human rights instruments, especially the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to pressurize Israel to comply with their provisions in the oPt, and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the concerned committees;

5. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfil their obligation to ensure the application of the Conventions, including extending the scope of their jurisdiction in order to prosecute suspected war criminals, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrator and the place of a crime, to pave the way for prosecuting suspected Israeli war criminals and end the longstanding impunity they have enjoyed;

6. PCHR calls on States that apply the principle of universal jurisdiction not to surrender to Israeli pressure to limit universal jurisdiction to perpetuate the impunity enjoyed by suspected Israeli war criminals;

7. PCHR calls upon the international community to act in order to stop all Israeli settlement expansion activities in the oPt through imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements and criminalizing trading with them;

8. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly to transfer the Goldstone Report to the UN Security Council in order to refer it to the International Criminal Court in accordance with Article 13(b) of the Rome Statute;

9. PCHR calls upon the United Nations to confirm that holding war criminals in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a precondition to achieve stability and peace in the regions, and that peace cannot be built on the expense of human rights and victims;

10. PCHR calls upon the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council to explicitly declare that the Israeli closure policy in Gaza and the annexation wall in the West Bank are illegal, and accordingly refer the two issues to the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Israel to compel it to remove them;

11. PCHR calls upon the international community, in light of its failure to the stop the aggression on the Palestinian people, to at least fulfil its obligation to reconstruct the Gaza Strip after the series of hostilities launched by Israel which directed targeted the civilian infrastructure;

12. PCHR calls upon the United Nations and the European Union to express a clear position towards the annexation wall following the international recognition of the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, as the annexation wall seizes large parts of the State of Palestine;

13. PCHR calls upon the European Union to activate Article 2 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which provides that both sides must respect human rights as a precondition for economic cooperation between the EU states and Israel, and the EU must not ignore Israeli violation and crimes against Palestinian civilians;

14. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian leadership to sign and accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Geneva Conventions, and calls upon the international community, especially the United Nations, to encourage the State of Palestine to accede to international human rights law and humanitarian law instruments.

 

 

 

 

 

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